It hasn’t been a very good few weeks for progressives intent on forcing Americans to believe in the imminent threat of climate change, thus making massive action to combat “global warming” a centerpiece of their political action agenda.
Take a look at the movies. Despite liberal fantasies that Disney’s big-budget flick Tomorrowland — with its preachy-teachy theme that mankind is greedily warming the planet to a self-destructive temperature — would be a hit, the flick has proven to be a miss. That, no doubt, is a huge disappointment for The Daily Beast author Kevin Fallon, who welcomed the message of the $190 million film that he hailed as “George Clooney’s Global Warming Shaming.”
“George Clooney’s new summer blockbuster shames us for our roles in global warming and a potpourri of other earthly calamities.,” wrote Fallon. In truth, however — based on disappointing opening-weekend ticket sales — Tomorrowland is closer to bust than blockbuster. The shame would, therefore, seem to lie more with the Hollywood hotshots and other liberal activists who thought the movie-going public would simply bend over for a science-fiction scolding for their supposed climate-change sins.
Speaking of science and fiction, a new study just issued by a former top climate scientist for the United Nations could send Al Gore and others warning of the perils of global warming into a deep freeze of depression. The Daily Caller reports that the researcher who once took the lead on the U.N’s vaunted climate change advisory has done some critical recalculation — indicating that natural causes, and not man-made pollution, could be responsible for climate variations.
Global temperature change observed over the last hundred years or so is well within the natural variability of the last 8,000 years, according to a new paper by a former Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) lead author.
Dr. Philip Lloyd, a South Africa-based physicist and climate researcher, examined ice core-based temperature data going back 8,000 years to gain perspective on the magnitude of global temperature changes over the 20th Century.
Dr. Lloyd observes that most temperature changes recorded in the 20th century — changes that Gore and others have said prove mankind’s responsibility in heating the planet — are probably not man-caused.
“…’there is a strong likelihood that the major portion was due to natural variations.’”
And then there’s the recently reported failure of the global-warming crowd to persuade young voters that America needs to make drastic changes in how people live, work and play in order to combat climate change. The Harvard University Institute of Politics a few weeks ago released the results of a significant survey of young Americans’ attitudes toward such issues as climate change. This poll of 18-29 year olds found that young adults are no more likely to believe in man-made climate change than older Americans. These findings challenge liberal assumptions about the strength of the millennial generation’s views on planetary warming.
As noted on the website EENews: “The poll found that 20 percent of young adults say climate change is ‘a proven fact’ but that it’s caused by natural forces, not human-induced emissions. An additional 23 percent say it’s ‘a theory that has not yet been proven.’”
The EENews article also quotes a university expert on climate change communication:
“It’s a common misperception that young Americans are more attuned to climate change than their older counterparts, said Ed Maibach, director of George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication.
“‘Absolutely, that is the perception. But it diverges from reality,’ he said. ‘It’s shocking. It’s absolutely shocking. But every time we’ve looked at it, the answer comes back no.’”
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